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  1. #1581
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  2. #1582
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    Well said Rooz. From the images you've posted already it looks to have found a good home.
    Around every picture there's a corner & round every corner there's a picture
    - the fun's in finding them

  3. #1583
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    Rooz,
    Great shots with the new tool looks like you have taken to it right away. Biggest problem I have had with being an Olympus user is that the straightforward the camera jpegs are good enough that I have rarely bothered to process raw mode. I hope to give the new XZ-2 a little playtime this week.

  4. #1584
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    Rooz,
    Which lenses would you recommend for the Oly? I am very interested in the epl-5. I think it'd be one of those things that would make photography a lot more fun for me. If only Nikon would make something like this...lol

  5. #1585
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    a bit early for me to tell, hopefully others will chime in:

    standard lens for everyday use.
    lumix 14/2.5 - tiny pancake @28mm is a great walkaround general lens. very similar to the 18mm on fuji i loved so much. it runs less than $200 on ebay brand new cos they have been stripped out of unsold lumix kits...reminds me of alot of the little 35/1.8 on nikon. its not brilliant optically, nor is it the fastest focussing lens but the size/ quality/ cot ratio is too hard to resist. for me, if you buy no other lens this is the one to start with.

    other lens' that suit me:
    olympus 45/1.8 - razor sharp portrait runs at around $380. mines being delivered in a couple of weeks so i will know more then.
    olympus 17/1.8- classic 35mm, this is my most wanted lens but i will wait to pick it up as part of the ep5 kit.
    olympus 60mm macro - must have...unbelievable. $500ish, probably less when you're in the US.

    other notebables...
    lumix 20/1.7 - tiny sharp pancake. i'm looking for a used one. it's a very popular lens
    olympus 75/1.8 - reported to be the best m4/3 lens there is. too pricey for me though.
    olympus 12/2 - again, reported as a standout for m4/3 but again, too pricey for me.

    whats missing:
    a fast 50mm equiv that is small and cheap. there is a lumix summilux but its too big and pricey for me.
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  6. #1586
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    Dang! Thanks for such a quick and thorough response. Of course, my wife can't know what I'm thinking...lol

    All joking aside, I may travel with the kids this year and I'm actually kind of dreading taking the D600 as much as I love the images coming out of it.
    M4/3 is just too appealing at the moment and seems to be not much of a compromise in IQ for the size and weight. I just hope I can pull it off lol
    I've secretly always envied Olympus glass anyways -- my old man had Oly film SLRs way back in the day

  7. #1587
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    lol its lunchtime here.

    i think you have to prepare yourself to be realistic on the outcome, against a d600 the epl-5 will do ok in good light but once the light dips a little, and i'm talking iso 800 and above, the d600 output is gonna smoke the epl5. you've also got a bagload more DR in the d600 at any iso. i'm ok with that, but important that you are aswell before you buy. incidentally i saw on adorama the gx1 is on special for $199. that may be another alternative for you. i dont know much about the lumix bodies so i cant tell if this is a good camera or not but by reviews it seems very competant...at $200...its something i've considered for my 6yo.
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  8. #1588
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    Nice shots, good to have another person in this forum. A few lens comments, mostly Rooz had it right:
    -14mm I never liked it and sold mine. It is very un-contrasty and to my eyes had a slight brown tint, the optics actually are proportional to the price in this case. It is small and fast to focus.
    -17mm f/1.8 reputedly not as good, optically, as the 20mm. Should have nice build and fast focus though.
    -12mm f/2.0 my favorite lens. Small, good looking and good build (it doesn't show any scratches yet!!!). Fast aperture, manual focus ring, and the optics are what I would expect. I got mine refurbished, which made it worth the price.

    Others that I recommend
    - Rokinon/Samyang/etc. 7.5mm f/3.5 fisheye - Small for a fisheye, robust build especially with the lens cap on (ask how I know), very good optics.
    - 15mm f/8 (only!) Olympus "lens cap" yeah... it makes my camera fit in pockets it otherwise wouldn't. Dirt cheap, doesn't drain the battery, simple. Optically it is proportional to the price.
    - The two Panasonic f/2.8 zooms might be nice, I haven't felt like paying for one yet.

  9. #1589
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    Just for kiwi...lol coffee was nice too btw mate.

    shooting the epl5 in street mode without the black tape today. lcd flipped up so i can look down and frame, 3 fingers under the lcd and forefinger over the camera to hold camera in place, thumb used to touch focus anything in the frame. its that easy. in focus keeper rate, as im walking mind you so the focal plane is moving, is around 80-90%. when doing this with the fuji, in focus keeper rate wouldnt have been better than 30% and that was only being able to use ONE focus point. with the oly i can focus anywhere in the frame with the same blazing speed. left, right, middle, top, bottom. BOOM ! yeeee haaaaa !! lol


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  10. #1590
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    Your knob is showing signs of wear you must be playing with it too much.

    On a serious note I can see how this would be great for street shooting. You can wander around looking like you are just another tourist chimping their blurry holiday snaps whilst all the while actually taking photos of unsuspecting subjects.

    Just out of interest why are you +0.7 on exposure? Don't tell me you need to boost the magic Olympus.
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